Trackers has been one of the best night clubs from São Paulo’s underground scene, great bands, great electronic music. There is no mistake if you are around São Paulo and want to enjoy great Live PAs and DJ sets, in the great atmosphere of Brazil’s biggest metropolis old city centre. With a guaranteed sunrise from its balcony’s full of junkies.
Barchi, that has released tracks such as Thugh Night and Take Smooth with Capiroto Records has uploaded this techno mix performed in Tracker’s at 12th May, 2018. It’s one hour of great techno tracks, including:
Barchi – Jungle Demon
Dashdot – June
Barchi – Take Smooth
Animal Picnic – Ethorica
Barchi & Shampo – Thug Night
Worakls – Toi
Jonas Rathsman feat. Josef Salvat – Complex (Serge Devant Remix)
Aaryon & Ran Salman – Riptide (Philipp Kempnich)Remix)
Olivier Giacomoto – Bipolar Star (Victor Ruiz Remix)
Victor Ruiz & Drunken Kong – Inside Out
Acid Pauli & Monolink – New Morning
New release of FMFL out today 19th March by RESTERECORDS, following Just Blink Twice, already reviewed here before in the blog. Hear My Heart comes with a more uplifting production, but still with the same delicate and relaxing feeling provided by Just BlinkTwice.This song talks about exactly what it says in its title. After all, FMFL is functional music for lovers. Songs to be listened and think about those we love the most.
Hear My Heart sings about the connection of feelings when listening to a song, that is the connection between people, how artists can write about their feelings to unknown others. Which can be represented by the act of ‘hearing (the artist’s) heart’. Both tracks are short but full of feelings, providing a bright-melancholy, that cannot be defined as ‘sad’ at the same time, a bit nostalgic. A sadness that can be something bright, represented by love, shining and singing the heart of an artist can mean something deep. An artist that sings about the absence of somebody. The harmony and brightness of the sound design prove to be the high sides of the track.
The title-track is followed by Up to The Sky, an instrumental, a mixture of keys, pad synths, glitch drums, that last for 3 minutes, ending with an atmospheric synth, a bit robotic yet glamorous. A short track with lots of textures.
According to Adam Matschulat, producer of FMFL:
“The whole album, which is coming out in May, has been a gigantic cathartic experience for me. I am used to producing other people’s music and I compose experimental electronics normally. Writing songs was an emotional challenge, as I wanted them to be as vulnerable as possible, as transparent and honest as possible.”
The debut self-titled album “Functional Music for Lovers”, with 12 tracks, will be released in May 2018.
This review features a short interview with Adam himself, that also designed the EP’s cover (below).
1. How was the recording process of your new EP? Tell us more about the work in the studio. Who participated in the production, mixing and mastering or your newest release?
I’m afraid but I will disappoint all techie musicians out there as my work as FMFL is done completely with virtual instruments. For me, having a background in engineering, is all about what sounds good or not. I don’t have any analogue equipment, what I got are good genelecs [studio monitors] and a studio with great acoustics. I produced, mixed and mastered this release. Which is absolutely fine if you leave big gaps between stages of production/post-production. I run a post-production agency ‘The Listening Tower’ – Instagram @thelisteningtower (http://www.thelisteningtower.com) which offers good prices for smaller labels, independent artists & filmmakers too. Please visit, if you contact me saying “I saw your website at Synths of Eden” I am more than happy to do a job for you half price 😉 We can talk.
2. What inspired you to compose your new tracks? Are there any artists/genres of music that were fundamental to the composition process? As a source of inspiration.
Inspiration is flooding in every second of the day… For me is all about looking inward and learning how to spot ‘tricks’ you come up with time, so its very important for me to avoid this ‘bag of tricks’ and try to dig deep to the essence of the matter you are exploring. I don’t think I have artists to name and point yes my sound is inspired by theirs… No way…. I honestly think that for this album my main ‘force’ of inspiration is old video games…. I think for 2 reasons, psychologically they bring me back to a time of safety, when I was 6 to 11 years old…I think the songs I wrote comes from a necessity of feeling safe. As emotionally the last 2 years of my life have been challenging for various personal reasons.
3. What are the next plans for you as an artist after this new release?
Well I am very pleased that in May I am releasing the Album ‘Functional Music for Lovers’ and after that I am giving priority to a new album of my trip-hop project ‘Godasadog’ – Instagram @godasadog – (https://open.spotify.com/artist/06OslChkeQlWzlHubsl956) which I produce with Victor Meira, from the band Bratislava, back in São Paulo. Parallel to that I am already working on a new experimental project as ‘Matschulat’ – Instagram @adamatschulat – (https://open.spotify.com/artist/0nMQwy6yGT9oLHLowzMUJp) which will be a film I am working with my brother who is a filmmaker (@aron.matschulat).
4. With which new artists or songs do you wish your newest release would be featured with in a playlist or DJ set?
Well. I don’t know how to answer this question. I hope that this project finds its audience. A friend told me I should go to South Korea… So maybe a DJ over there? 🙂
You can listen by FMFL’s new EP by streaming stores, plus Bandcamp and YouTube (bellow).
Semper Volt is João Tenorio, also Dj Telefunken in the past. First started as a Drum and Bass producer, now he does an electro-indie, with psychedelic and experimental influences. His new EP, Leve, has 5 tracks and it is available for streaming and to be purchased in Bandcamp. It is excellent pop music sung in Brazilian Portuguese, well composed lyrics and instrumentals.
Semper Volt is from São Paulo, Brazil, and his music is highly electronica, with a big presence of bass in his tracks, as much as interestingly composed lyrics. The new generation of electronic Brazilian artists is very far from Alok, Vintage Culture and all that commercial EDM crap. The track “Alvorada” speaks about fatherhood and the rise of new generations. After that, the EP starts to be more aggressive in its instrumentals, going to the “Lá vem o Robo” a highly experimental and aggressive bass that talks about robots, just like Kraftwerk but in a more contemporary Brazilian way. The next track is the only one in English, called ‘Rotating Lights’. The EP ends with ‘Leve’, an experimental instrumental track.
Semper Volt deserves to be in the spotlight of Brazilian electronic music artists with his new release ‘Leve’.
Just Blink Twice is a track of FMFL. The song reminds those scenes of Twin Peak’s third season, when there are gigs going on in The Roadhouse. It is the debut work of Brazilian producer from São Paulo, Adam Matschulat, based in London. FMFL means Functional Music for Lovers. It brings a very delicate voice, followed by keys and glitch sounds. It is an experimental yet sensible work. The cover art was made Clara Kelly and it is very interesting. Somehow represents very well this work. The second track is called Interlude I, very ambient, sounding much like Brian Eno’s early works.
FMFL is expecting 2018 to be a very productive work for him. His next work Hear My Heart is due to be released in 18th March. You can stream his work on Spotify and also purchase it in Bandcamp as embedded below.
Dj and Producer Barchi’s debut single, First Contact, has an emblematic name, as it shows the first work produced by Barchi with the world of techno music. Although the name is First Contact, it shows that Barchi has large experience with minimal techno. Influenced by producers such as Boris Brejcha, this single has dancing tracks with catchy rhythms that are great for a techno Dj set. Jungle Demon welcomes the listeners with a cinematographic vibe. Great basslines that could bring this techno to a more tech-house style. Check below his Soundcloud page. He’s been DJing his tracks in São Paulo and plans new releases for the short term future. He’s also on Instagram.